CIM Distinguished Service Medal

For meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry

Origins & Conditions


This award was inaugurated by the 1956-1957 CIM Council for distinguished or meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry, of a nature not necessarily technical or scientific.  

  1.  The award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant, but not more than one award shall be made in any given year.
  2. Nominations for the award shall be made over the signatures of at least ten (10) CIM national members and forwarded to the Executive Director of the Institute by December 1st of the year prior to the presentation of the award.
  3. Every nomination must be accompanied by a statement giving clearly the reasons which, in the opinion of the nominators, make their nominee a suitable candidate for the award.
  4. The nominations shall be submitted to a special Committee composed of the last three (3) living Past Presidents and the President, who shall be the convener of the Committee, which will report its recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer.
  5. The report received by the Chief Executive Officer shall be presented to CIM Council for consideration and approval not later than the last Council meeting held prior to the next CIM Convention.
  6. The members of the Committee shall not be party to the nomination of any candidate.
  7. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Medal in person during the course of the CIM Convention following the announcement of the award, or at such a time or place as CIM Council may direct.
  8. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.
  9. Nominees must be CIM National Members.



David Forrester

David Forrester has been active in CIM for over 33 years, including attending CIM Council on behalf of: Coal Division, Mining Society of Nova Scotia, District 1 and the Environment and Social Responsibility Society. He was a founding member of the Underground Coal Mine Safety Research Collaboration within the Underground Mining Society. 

He is a professional mining engineer with a doctorate from Nottingham England, 1974. He then worked in the UK coal industry also serving in the Institution of Mining Engineers. He came to Canada with British Mining Consultants in 1984, becoming a citizen in 1992.

Working from his NS base, Forrester served the Cape Breton coal industry as a consultant and Senior Research Manager for CANMET and then managed a regional consulting office. In recent years, as a Senior Mining Engineer with AECOM, he has contributed to the site remediation of the former Devco mine sites, the Sydney Tar Ponds and several northern mines. Further, he has completed a number of international assignments and played a significant role in a tunnel rehabilitation project in western Canada, taking it from prefeasibility through detailed design to construction.


Deborah McCombe

Deborah McCombe is a professional geoscientist. She has more than 30 years of international mineral exploration and mine development project experience and is widely recognized throughout the Canadian and international mining industry. In her role as President of Roscoe Postle Associates, now SLR Consulting Ltd, McCombe focusses on due diligence reviews, mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates, feasibility studies, and valuations in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining RPA, McCombe was chief mining consultant for the Ontario Securities Commission and was involved in the development and implementation of NI 43-101 Canadian Disclosure Standards for Mineral projects. She is co-chair of the CIM Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserves Committee; was president of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (2010/2011); is a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee (MTAMC) and continues as a Canadian representative to the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO) after being past chair. She also serves on the board of directors of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.